RV company steps up to help grieving family return home to California

RV company steps up to help grieving family return home to California (Image 1)
RV company steps up to help grieving family return home to California (Image 1)

A grieving family was forced to come to Goodlettsville Thursday in order to travel back home to California after losing their two-year-old son to cancer.

Matthew Pierce died at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in west Tennessee on Friday after a long battle with leukemia.

His family tried to rent a motor home to travel home, but two days before they were scheduled to leave Memphis, the company said it wouldn't honor the reservation.

El Monte RV, a company that usually doesn't offer one way rentals, heard about the family and made an exception.

Matthew's father Ron, his wife and three other children came to Goodlettsville Thursday morning to pick up the RV at Highland Rim and Camper Rentals.

Donations from friends, family and strangers helped pay for the motor home.

“Everyone has just made us feel very loved and even though it's been a dark time, there's been a lot of love shown and a lot of grace,” said Amy Grijalva. 

The family said they wanted to take an RV home instead of flying so they could reconnect with one another and heal together.

“It's just kind of a way to let Matthew be free from everything he's been through so it's still very different because we've been fighting for so long, we miss him,” said Grijalva.

They plan to spread Matthew's ashes along the way during the cross-country trip.

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